Labour selects candidate for Devon and Cornwall police commissioner
THE Labour Party in the South West has chosen a Plymouth councillor as its candidate to control Devon and Cornwall police.
Voters across Devon and Cornwall will choose a new American-style Police and Crime Commissioner in elections in November.
Labour announced yesterday that it had selected Cllr Nicky Williams, pictured, who represents Honicknowle ward, to be its candidate for the £85,000-a-year job. The commissioner will control the police budget and have the power to hire and fire the chief constable, who will continue to run operational policing.
Ms Williams, aged 40, said yesterday: "As a ward councillor I have worked extensively with the police locally and I know what a difference neighbourhood-led policing can bring to an area.
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"The Conservatives have made cuts of 20 per cent, equivalent to 1,600 officers. But I believe there is a different way. I would stand up against the privatisation of the police force. We know the cuts are coming, so it's about prioritising and listening to people. I would have to sit down with the chief constable and come up with a five-year plan."
She said the Labour Party was not in favour of replacing to existing police authority with a single commissioner.
"But we have a duty to represent people. We can lobby Government and challenge some of the cuts which are going to be imposed. A Conservative commissioner would accept the cuts and act as a cheerleader."
Ms Williams, who has a degree in social policy and criminology, said Devon and Cornwall was fortunate to have a low level of crime, despite hotspots like her own ward. "I want to drive down crime even further."
The Conservatives are understood to be drawing up a shortlist, with open elections planned for next month.
Former Plymouth council leader Vivien Pengelly, who was once tipped as a potential candidate for the Tories, said yesterday that she would not stand.
"I thought I would do better running the opposition in Plymouth," she said.